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Everton House Story

An important but almost forgotten part of our area's history and that of Brisbane’s in general looks set to be demolished and replaced with townhouses.

Brisbane City Council recently granted planning permission for Everton House at 19 Dargie Street to be demolished and replaced with 20 townhouses and parking for 30 resident's cars despite local community objections.

The large property, now owned by classical guitar virtuoso Karin Schaup, was built by Sir Leon and Lady Peggy Trout more than 50 years ago and became a focus of the art scene in Brisbane and home to one of the best private art collections in Australia.

Leon Trout was born in Redhill in Brisbane in 1906 and became a solicitor and accountant and founded one of Brisbane's leading law firms at the time. He was a highly successful and community-minded person who took up many leadership roles in Brisbane businesses and community organisations.

His interest in art began at school when he bought his first print and he went on to become the founding president of the Queensland National Gallery Society and is credited with playing an important role in the relocation of the Art Gallery to its present location.

Sir Leon and Lady Peggy were particularly fond of the works of John Russell and Charles Conder with works by Russell filling one gallery in their home and those by Conder occupying three rooms. They were also avid collectors of works by artists from the Heidelberg School by such artists as Frederik McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and of portraiture by William Dargie, William Dobell and many others.

Alert readers will have noticed that many of the artist's names are reflected in street names in the area which is due to the fact that the couple sold off parts of their property as the Trouts Estate development and named the streets after their favourites. They were determined to maintain the up-market nature of the area so the plots were sold under a covenant.

This stipulated that the houses built on the properties had to be of a minimum size, that they had to be brick and that no front fences would be permitted. To maintain the country club feel of the development, Sir Leon decreed that power would be provided via an underground cable which accounts for the clean uncluttered look of the area to this day.

During their lifetimes the couple made substantial donations to the Queensland Art Gallery but the balance of their collection was sold by Christie's auctioneers on June 6 & 7, 1989 after the death of Lady Peggy who had survived Sir Leon by 10 years.

An article in the Sunday Mail later that month recorded that the Queensland      Art Gallery had spent $1.9-million at the sale buying items for its collection including a portrait of Sir Leon by William Dobell and one of Lady Peggy by William Dargie. Top price at the auction was $700,000 paid by another buyer for a John Russell picture.

And so ended an era in which the couple had made a major impact on Brisbane Society. Their home came to house, for a while at least, one of the finest art collections in Australia and was undoubtedly visited by the cream of Brisbane Society and visitors to the city.

The North West News reported earlier this year that the Trouts Estate Community Action Group has been campaigning to save limit the density of the development at the Everton House site to less than the 20 units approved for the site.

Mary Di Marco was responsible for much of the research that went into this article and she feels that, while one has to move with the times, it would be very sad to forget the contribution made by Sir Leon and Lady Peggy. After all, the results of their vision and enterprise can still be seen be seen all around us and parts of their art collection still grace our city's art gallery.

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September Real Estate Market Update

Hello, I’m Mary Di Marco from Madeleine Hicks real estate and I’d like to bring you the market roundup for September 2017 in the areas in which we predominate McDowall, Stafford Heights, Stafford and Everton Park.

In McDowall in September, there were 36 properties available to purchase of 5 properties sold. The highest price for a property was $585,000 which was 11 Peppard Street in McDowall and the lowest price was for a three-bedroom townhouse in Old Northern Road which sold for $365,000.

The low number of properties sold doesn’t mean that those properties aren’t popular. A lot of properties available in McDowall can be townhouses and sometimes there isn’t as big a demand for them.

Stafford Heights is the next suburb that I’d like to talk to you about, there were 23 properties available for sale of which 3 sold. The property at 49 Normanton Streets sold for $820,000, which is a fabulous price. It was a larger block over a thousand square meters. The lowest price sold was for a property at 83 Ringrose Street and that went for $535,000 dollars. It’s interesting that the properties in Stafford Heights are not being picked up by buyers as readily as some of the other suburbs. It could be the prices being asked aren’t considered to be of value to the buyers.

Stafford is a fabulous suburb, it has a lot of the post-war homes that were built as part of War Service. The highest price paid was for a home at 61 Appleby Road. This is a major road, however, this property would have had city views. It was on a 620 square meter block, however, it did sell for $877,000. There were 49 homes available for purchase in Stafford in September of which only 8 sold. The lowest price paid for the property was at 105 Jardine Street, which sold for $605,000. These are still very good prices in an older suburb that gives you easy access because it has all the amenities to the city and also there are good schools and hospitals around the area as well as good shopping centres.

My favorite suburb is Everton Park. I’ve lived there for a long time. The number of properties that were available for purchase in Everton Park in September was 75 of which 16 sold. Again these numbers can be a little bit deceptive. The number of units and townhouses available do skew these figures. The highest price paid for a property was at 9 Guinness Street at Everton Park. It sold for $641,000. The home at 19 Murch Street I listed and sold within a week and I had 3 offers on that property. It sold for $620,000 so good properties well presented will sell readily and there are buyers queuing up for them.

The market at the moment is very interesting. It’s a bit skittish at times due to indications that the property market is going up or coming down. The figures that are being presented by newspapers and banks and financial advisors are three months behind what the actual market is. If you see a property that you like, put in your offers, don’t miss out on it for a couple of thousand dollars. Put in your best offer, if someone else buys it for something above that price you won’t be upset because you didn’t miss out on it. You wouldn’t have paid that price.

I’d like to tell you about a fabulous property I’ve got at 17 Constancia Street Mitchelton. It’s on 1120m2 block. City views fabulously kept the family home. Post-war brick base chamber board and the property is just ripe for renovation. There are lots of new builds coming up.

If you looking for something very special whether you want to land bank the property or if you just want to buy a fabulous family home call me 0438 054227. I’m Mary DiMarco from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate.

 

MCDOWALL RECENT SALES

Highest Sale Price: - $585,000Lowest Sale Price: - $362,000
Properties Sold: -  5Properties on the Market: - 36
AddressBedBathCarLand SizeSale Price
11 Peppard St322613$585,000
4 Rafferty St432547not disc
51 Benning Pl422495$600,000
12 Paramount Cir412683$550,000
6/195 Old Northern Rd311576$362,000

 


STAFFORD HEIGHTS RECENT SALES

Highest Sale Price: - $820,000Lowest Sale Price: - $535,000
Properties Sold: -  3Properties on the Market: - 23
AddressBedBathCarLand SizeSale Price
49 Normanton St5121108$820,000
83 Ringrose St311647$535,000
124 Wilgarning St412612not disc

 


STAFFORD RECENT SALES

Highest Sale Price: - $877,000Lowest Sale Price: - $456,000
Properties Sold:- 8Properties on the Market:-  49
AddressBedBathCarLand SizeSale Price
61 Appleby Rd634620$877,000
53 Barokee St322653$716,000
16 Canonbar St312632$672,000
14 Tathra St311610$643,500
105 Jardine St311607$605,000

 


EVERTON PARK RECENT SALES

Highest Sale Price: - $641,000Lowest Sale Price:- $325,000
Properties Sold:-  16Properties on the Market:- 75
AddressBedBathCarLand SizeSale Price
9 Guinness St422577$641,000
19 Murch St521610$620,000
4 Cayley St322584$590,000
23 Venning St321135$567,000
42 Mountridge St312607$540,000
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An Everton Park Home Frozen in Time

Here at Village Buzz we thought we’d seen everything but we had to revise our opinion when we had a house at 22 Dargie Street in Everton Park's Trouts Estate brought to our notice.

Real estate agent Mary Di Marco from Madeleine Hicks Real Estate in Everton Park took us along for a sticky beak because she was bowled over not only by its size and location but by the lavish interior decoration. The house was built in 1970 and one of the last built as part of the Trouts Estate established by Sir Leon and Lady Peggy Trout.

The elegantly styled residence is impressive enough with its imposing brick exterior and hilltop location but it’s the interior that really takes your breath away. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that stepping through the front door is akin to entering a 1970s time capsule.

The superbly sized combined lounge/dining room, contains a fully working fountain, period carpets and wallpaper, a profusion of greenery and silk flowers, a selection of framed art and many ceramic figurines ranging from tiny to as large as half life-size.  This grand space opens via sliding doors to a spacious upper balcony the stunning views of both city and mountains.

The upper level comprises 3 large and uniquely styled bedrooms, all with built in robes and vanities including the master resplendent in beautiful pink furnishings and accessories. The bathroom with separate bath and shower and the largest vanity viewed for many years features gorgeous figurines with purple and mauve decorative highlights.

The lower level  rumpus room decorated in oriental style are no less impressive. We were frankly amazed at the period furnishings and the number of ornaments on display – all of which are included in the sale.

The house is perched on the escarpment provides  splendid view from two decks out towards the city and the mountains inland. Mary believes, and we agree, that the property has unlimited potential for the astute looking for a gracious period home suitable for entertaining.  The bonus is advantage of the second street frontage and the opportunity to subdivide.

The current owner designed this much-loved family home and has now reluctantly decided to sell

It is arguably one of choicer properties in Trouts Estate and built according to the covenant laid-down by Sir Leon when he developed the estate.  This covenant included t strictures such as a residence had to be a certain footprint within the property boundaries, no front fences, the homes had to be brick and have a tile roof.

The vision of Sir Leon Trout when he developed the estate was to create a Country Club and to establish the power and cabling below the street level, so no unsightly lines to obscure views.  Subsequent owners are not tied to the original covenant and have erected both front and side fences.  This vision was well before its time particularly in Brisbane.

Sir Leon and Lady Peggy, who lived at 19 Dargie Street, Everton Park undertook frequent trips to Europe and United States of America.  He based his ideas for the estate on country club estates they saw on their travels in the US.

Another feature of the Everton Park's Trouts Estate is the naming of the streets.  Sir Leon and Lady Peggy Trout were great patrons of the arts and their bequests can be viewed at the Queensland Art Gallery.  In particular they liked the artists of the Heidelberg School.  Surrounding streets include the names of McCubbin, Streeton, Bunny as well as Dargie, Raglass, Feint and O’Toole to name but a few of renown Australian Artists.

22 Dargie Street, Everton Park: The facts

  • Asking $1-million +
  • 812m2 block with frontage on two streets and potential for sub-division
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • X-large workshop
  • Double lockup garage – internal access
  • Two-level outdoor living
  • Gorgeous combined living/dining area

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Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Sale

Saturday, 20th August

9.00 to 9.30am         12 Hoskins Cl McDowall
9.30 to 10.00am       33 Heatherlea St Brendale
9.30 to 10.00am       1/24 Terrace St Newmarket
10.30 to 11.00am     39 Mountridge St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.30am     19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek
11.30 to 12.00pm     41 Andress St McDowall
1.00 to 1.30pm         12 Hoskins Cl McDowall

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Rent

Saturday, 20th August

10.00 to 10.30am     32 Speilberg St McDowall
10.30 to 10.45am     7 Ballindery St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.15am     1098 Southpine Rd Everton Hills
11.45 to 12.00pm     500 Stafford Rd Stafford
2.00 to 2.15pm         4/467 Hamilton Rd Chermside

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Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Sale

Saturday, 13th August

9.00 to 9.30am          12 Hoskins Cl McDowall
9.30 to 10.00am        1/24 Terrace St Newmarket
10.00 to 10.30am      11 Walpole St McDowall
10.30 to 11.00am      39 Mountridge St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.30am      19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek
11.30 to 12.00pm      41 Andress St McDowall
12.00 to 12.30pm      33 Heatherlea St Brendale
9.00 to 9.30am         12 Hoskins Cl McDowall
1.15 to 1.45pm         85 Shayne Ave Deception Bay

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Rent

Saturday, 13th August

9.00 to 9.15am          3/40 Glenalva Tce Enoggera
9.30 to 9.45am          7 Ballindery St Everton Park
10.45 to 11.00am      69 Remick St Stafford Heights
11.15 to 11.30am      32 Speilberg St McDowall

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Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

For Sale

Saturday, 30th July

10.00 to 10.30am     11 Walpole St McDowall
10.00 to 10.30am     5/21 Chapman Ct Albany Creek
10.00 to 10.30am     12 Hoskins Cl McDowall
10.30 to 11.00am     39 Mountridge St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.30am     19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek
11.00 to 11.30am     33 Heatherlea St Brendale
11.00 to 11.30am     41 Andress St McDowall
11.30 to 12.00pm     2 Redgrave St Stafford Hts
12.15 to 12.45pm     85 Shayne Ave Deception Bay

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For Rent

Saturday, 30th July

9.15 to 9.30am         7 Ballindery St Everton Park
10.45 to 11.00am     32 Speilberg St McDowall
11.15 to 11.30am     53 Sizer St Everton Park
11.45 to 12.00pm     14/80 Hurdcotte St Enoggera
12.45 to 1.00pm       40 Victor St Stafford

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Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

 

For Sale

Saturday, 23rd July

9.30 to 10.00am       5/21 Chapman Ct Albany Creek
9.30 to 10.00am       85 Shayne Ave Deception Bay
10.00 to 10.30am     12 Hoskins Cl McDowall
10.00 to 10.30am     33 Heatherlea St Brendale
12.30 to 1.00pm       39 Mountridge St Everton Park
11.00 to 11.30am     19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek
11.00 to 11.30am     41 Andress St McDowall
11.00 to 11.30am     35 Ainsdale St Chermside West
11.30 to 12.00pm     2 Redgrave St Stafford Hts
2.00 to 2.30pm        19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek

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Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

 

For Sale

Saturday, 16th July

9.30 to 10.00am      5/21 Chapman Ct Albany Creek
9.30 to 10.00am      85 Shayne Ave Deception Bay
10.30 to 11.00am    26 Eastbourne St Chermside West
11.00 to 11.30am    19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek
11.00 to 11.30am    41 Andress St McDowall
11.00 to 11.30am    35 Ainsdale St Chermside West
11.30 to 12.00pm    2 Redgrave St Stafford Hts
12.30 to 1.00pm      39 Mountridge St Everton Park
1.30 to 2.00pm        5/21 Chapman Ct Albany Creek
2.00 to 2.30pm       19 Silkyoak Way Albany Creek

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For Rent

Saturday, 16th July

9.00 to 9.15am         10/95 Beckett Rd McDowall
9.30 to 9.45am         5/195 Old Northern Rd McDowalll
9.30 to 9.45am         3/40 Glenalva Tce Enoggera
10.00 to 10.15am     14/80 Hurdcotte St Enoggera
10.15 to 10.30am     53 Sizer St Everton Park
12.00 to 12.15pm     40 Victor St Stafford
1.00 to 1.15pm         30 Maryland St Stafford Heights

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Open Home Inspection Times for This Week

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For Sale

Saturday, 9th July

9.00 to 9.30am          26 Eastbourne St Chermside West
10.00 to 10.30am      53 Horn Rd Aspley
10.30 to 11.00am      5/21 Chapman Ct Albany Creek
10.30 to 11.00am      35 Ainsdale St Chermside West
11.00 to 11.30am      41 Andress St McDowall
11.00 to 11.30am      28 Redgrave St Stafford Hts
11.30 to 12.00pm      2 Redgrave St Stafford Hts
11.45 to 12.15pm      85 Shayne Ave Deception Bay
1.00 to 1.30pm          39 Mountridge St Everton Park

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For Sale

Saturday, 2nd July

9.00 to 9.30am          26 Eastbourne St Chermside West
9.00 to 9.30am          1/216 Trouts Rd McDowall
10.00 to 10.30am      53 Horn Rd Aspley
11.00 to 11.30am       41 Andress St McDowall
11.00 to 11.30am       28 Redgrave St Stafford Hts
11.30 to 12.00pm       2 Redgrave St Stafford Hts
1.00 to 1.30pm          39 Mountridge St Everton Park